Word of the Day: Anticipate

an-tic-i-pate /  an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt

 

verb

 

  1. to expect or wait for excitedly

The trick to happiness wasn’t in freezing every momentary pleasure and clinging to each one, but in ensuring one’s life would produce many future moments to anticipate.

from ‘Oathbringer’ by Brandon Sanderson, 1975-

 

  1. to foresee

Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it.

Ethiopian Proverb

 

  1. to do preemptively

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.

Maimonides, 1135-1204

 

  1. to answer or complete before a request is made

The greatest grace of a gift, perhaps, is that it anticipates and admits of no return.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882

 

  1. to counter before an action occurs

Ho Shih puts this very clearly in his note: “When the enemy has made a plan of attack against us, we must anticipate him by delivering our own attack first.”

from ‘The Art of War: A New Translation by Michael Nylan [1950-]’ by Sun Tzu, 540 BC-470 BC